Although March is still cold throughout much of Japan and you may even see some snow, it marks the true beginning of spring. Two major holidays, Hinamatsuri and Higan, make it a festive time well worth celebrating—whatever the weather may be.
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Are you seeking a refreshing Japanese beverage to enjoy during the spring and summer? Japan has many great options, from traditional sake to sweet plum wine. These five alcoholic Japanese drinks offer a little bit of something for everyone.
Japanese cuisine is well known for its use of fresh vegetables in season. In the month of March, both spring cabbage and broccoli are widely used in a number of Japanese dishes that are easy to make and pack a ton of flavor and health benefits.
Each spring, the Japanese eagerly anticipate hanami. Literally translated as “looking at flowers,” hanami celebrates the delicate pink flowers' fleeting beauty. People of all sects picnic under the blooming trees, enjoying Japanese drinks and food.
Once one of the five annual holidays held in Japan's imperial court, Tango no Sekku happens annually on May 5, the fifth day of the fifth month. In modern times, it is known as Children’s Day, or Kodomo no hi.
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Perfect recipe for healthy-eaters! Very healthy but filling and yummy.
A healthy Japanese recipe that also packs a serious flavor blast, this Bean Sprout Curry with Soy Sauce recipe uses ingredients like pork, sake and curry powder to create a light meal that can be served at any time.
Easy-to-follow recipe and video for enoki mushroom and spinach mayonnaise salad, plus everything you need to know about Japanese mushrooms and mayonnaise.
This simple and quick recipe is perfect if you're busy but still want to eat healthy. The salad will also be a nice addition to your lunch box!
Edamame is a popular appetizer, and goes well with ice cold beer! Put a little more effort in the edamame to make it even tastier!
Thinking of a easy breakfast/lunch to make? Try the pizza toast but with miso for a Japanese taste.
Do you want to up your summer dip game? Try this miso dip to impress!
A traditional part of Japanese food culture, soybean kinako tea, is a sweet and creamy drink that is made with black tea, soymilk, and kinako soy flour to add richness and creamy consistency. Learn to make it at home with our recipe and video!
Eat healthy with this quick fried rice recipe! Perfect if you want to eat something healthy but are in a rush.
The sesame dressing adds to the tofu and asparagus salad! Make a lot of the dressing so you can stock it for multiple uses.
Temari Zushi is a traditional springtime meal that fits perfectly into a bento box along with fresh and healthy seasonal sides. Make this spring bento box to enjoy the beginning of warmer months!
The Japanese bento box is like a lunchbox, but is specially made to enable you to carry an assortment of different foods for a complete and satisfying meal. Learn more about the bento box with this guide.
In Japan, there is an extensive range of Wa-Bocho—Japanese-style knives. Exquisite craftsmanship and extreme sharpness make these knives prized possessions of professional chefs.
Strawberry cream mochi is a traditional springtime sweet delicacy in Japan, as that is the season that this fruit comes into ripeness. Now you can make it in the comfort of your own home with our recipe and video.
Sesame, one of the most important flavors and components of Japanese cuisine, can be used in many ways. Sesame seeds, sesame oil, and sesame paste can garnish, season, and create many delicious Japanese dishes.
Oshizusi is a traditional Japanese food that has still not become popular outside of the island country the way other sushi dishes have. Get ahead of the curve by learning how to create this pressed sushi cake delicacy with our easy to follow recipe.